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Mobile network balloon sparks UFO scare


Posted on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments

Loon aims to provide Internet access to rural areas. Image Credit: YouTube / Project Loon
Residents of Butler County, Ohio were left perplexed earlier this month by a giant white orb in the sky.
The object, which was spotted floating eerily through the heavens above several townships in the area, was met with puzzled glances from locals and prompted several UFO reports on social media.

As it turned out however, the object was actually a special type of balloon used to help extend the reach of mobile network coverage in to areas where Internet access isn't readily available.
The firm responsible - Loon LLC - is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet.

The balloons are placed high up in the stratosphere and users can access the network - which offers up to 4G speeds - using a special antenna attached to the outside of their building.

Just how many of these balloons the company intends to launch however remains unclear.

Source: Cincinnati.com | Comments (6)

Tags: UFO, Loon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Robotic Jew on 26 June, 2019, 19:02
Or is this just what they WANT us to think?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Stiff on 26 June, 2019, 19:09
I know someone who will still be convinced it's an alien craft.
Comment icon #3 Posted by sci-nerd on 26 June, 2019, 19:16
ET's phone bill got too big, so he's trying a new approach.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AllPossible on 26 June, 2019, 19:36
Wonder how high they go up... I also wonder if the FCC will allow people to use their cell phones on a airplane because they're wouldn't be any ground network interference. I assume these balloons are floating cell phone towers that probably hover way above a commercial airliners altitude. Still a interesting concept.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Trelane on 26 June, 2019, 23:23
A balloon was misidentified as an alien spacecraft? Hmm, now where have I heard that before???
Comment icon #6 Posted by Minimalists on 26 June, 2019, 23:49
I will take Roswell for a $1000 Alex...


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